Research Using NCERDC Data

The Growing Segmentation of the Charter School Sector in North Carolina

Co-authored by Duke faculty Helen Ladd and Charles Clotfelter, together with Sanford PhD graduate John Holbein, this study (see here) examines the evolution of the charter school sector in North Carolina. The research, published in the journal Education Finance and Policy, uses NCERDC data to analyze trends and patterns in charter school student enrollments, and to compare their distributions of student test score performance gains with those in traditional public schools. The findings indicate that charter schools in North Carolina are increasingly serving the interests of relatively able white students in racially imbalanced schools, and that despite improvements in the charter school sector over time, charter schools are still no more effective on average than traditional public schools.

 

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